the Patriot Grizzly
Another in a long line of powerful GI Joe tanks, the Patriot Grizzly is a modern fighting vehicle from top to bottom. The original model of this mighty ground combat vehicle is equipped with a bevy of enemy-crushing weaponry, and possesses the following characteristics:
Autocannon (a): the Patriot Grizzly's front end features a rotary-barreled machine gun, which can only be fired straight ahead. It can fire a short burst of rounds to inflict one's Agility +6 in damage, or be fired continuously to inflict their Agility +7 in damage.
Body Armor (s): as a tank, the Patriot Grizzly is built tough... very tough. It has an effective material strength of 14 for the purposes of taking damage, and offers its occupants like, or +3, protection from injury if they're somehow targeted directly.
Communications Array (i): the Patriot Grizzly is equipped with an extremely powerful, gigahertz-frequency, frequency-wobbler radio system. This makes for intensity 5 communications power (with a 25 mile range), that features intensity 10 signal encryption - not bad at all, that.
Gear Cases: the Patriot Grizzly has, spread about it, various cases filled with useful gear. It has a fully stocked first aid kit, tool kit, and a small case for its pilots' arms and ammo, should the Patriot Grizzly get disabled and its occupants have to fight it out directly.
Headlights (i): there are two lamps on the front of the Patriot Grizzly. They can be used to cast intensity 8 illumination out to near missile distance, lighting it up quite nicely, and in ambush situations can be used to blind an opponent for an aura duration (though usually just once).
Propulsion (a): this 'power' describes the Patriot Grizzly's ability to move under its own power. While the thing isn't lighting fast, however, the Patriot Grizzly can only move at intensity 2 speeds - 45 MPH - under the best of conditions.
Machine Gun Mount (a): mounted on a cupola atop the Patriot Grizzly's main tank turret, this secondary gun can be swiveled in a 360 degree arc. It can fire a short burst of ammunitino to inflict one's Agility +6 in damage, or be fired continuously to inflict their Agility +7 in damage.
Passengers: there's room for a whole lot of Joes in (and on) the Patriot Grizzly. There are two operator seats in the front, and two in the turret proper. Furthermore, there are many places for Joes to hang onto the tank in an emergency (though they don't benefit from its body armor).
Radar Array (w): the Patriot Grizzly is equipped with a powerful ground radar unit, which lets it track objects in its vicinity. This vicinity is defined as everything within a mile radius of its current location, line-of-sight notwithstanding, and functions at intensity 1.
Side Turrets (a): atop the Patriot Grizzly's turret lies two small guns, one to each side, which are controlled by its internal occupants. These guns inflict one's Agility +5 in damage when firing short bursts of lead, or their Agility +6 in damage when fired continuously.
Tank Cannon (a): the Patriot Grizzly's main weapon is its immense cannon. It can fire massive shells that will inflict one's Agility +9 in damage to its target, along with -2 fragmentary damage to all uncovered targets within near missile distance of where they hit.
Thermal Imaging (w): in addition to its standard visual detection methods, the Patriot Grizzly has the ability to spy upon its environment where the infrared spectrum is concerned. It can see radiant IR objects and heat sources with intensity 5 ability.
Night Force Version
A year after its initial rollout, the Patriot Grizzly was slightly modified, the better to serve the interests of GI Joe's Night Force. Instead of its tan and gray camouflage pattern, it now features a green, black, and brown camouflage theme, though it otherwise functions per the above.
Of course, the Joes actually had two different kinds of Patriot Grizzly to choose from in '04. The second had colors more closely matching its original, desert camouflage scheme. The trick was that this Patriot Grizzly was built with BTR technology, and has these additional capabilities:
Additional Autocannon (a): while the original Patriot Grizzly has one front-mounted, fixed rotary-barrel autocannon, the BTR version of this vehicle has two! When its fire is added to the first, the autocannon (described above) will inflict +1 damage in either mode.
Missile Launcher (i): on top of its already impressive tank cannon, the BTR Patriot Grizzly has the use of an additional missile launcher. This weapon can only have one projectile loaded at a time, but this powerful explosive can inflict intensity 10 fragmentary damage upon detonation.
Shape Change (a): the whole point of BTR technology is that it can be field-modified by just a few Joes in little time. The Patriot Grizzly can be transformed from a regular tank into a one man, treaded gun platform (which benefits from a +1 to its propulsion) in no time flat!
GI Joe directories featuring a version of the Patriot Grizzly:
* Note: there were two distinct variations on the Patriot Grizzly in 2004: the Night Force edition, and the BTR edition.
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